Michael Christian

Michael Christian (born 21 August 1964) is a former Australian rules footballer and media personality from Busselton, Western Australia.

Michael Christian
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-08-21) 21 August 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Australia
Debut Round 1, 1987, Collingwood
vs. Sydney Swans, at Victoria Park
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1981–1986 East Perth (WAFL) 082
1987–1995 Collingwood (VFL/AFL) 131 (23)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Christian played 82 games for East Perth in the WAFL from 1981 to 1986 and then crossed to Collingwood in the VFL/AFL to play out his football career. He played at centre half-back for the majority of his career, but was also used sparingly as a forward. Christian was a member of Collingwood's 1990 premiership side, and represented Western Australia on three occasions.

After retiring, Christian became a football commentator, and has commentated on radio for Triple M, Geelong station K-Rock (3GL) and 3AW, as well as for Network Ten. With Angela Pippos, he hosted the breakfast program, Prime Time Sports Interactive, on Sport 927, and the AFL post-game analysis show The Fifth Quarter, with Andrew Maher. In 2011, he compered a Sunday night football review show, The Final Siren.[1]

Between 2004 and 2007, with Andrew Maher, he hosted The Fifth Quarter, a post-match show following Saturday night AFL games, and from 2008 to 2011, with rotating expert commentators Michael Voss, Malcolm Blight or Luke Darcy.

Christian also commentated on weightlifting events at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

In 2017, under reformed procedures introduced by the AFL, Christian was appointed the AFL's sole adjudicator for the Match Review Panel.[2]


  1. ^ Ralph, John (19 January 2011). "Channel 10 flicks switch on Kelli Underwood, first female to call football on TV". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 13 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  2. ^ Hustwaite, Megan (24 September 2018). "Meet Michael Christian, the Collingwood premiership player who makes the AFL's tough decisions". Domain. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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